National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

Australia's stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia, on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. The Museum's stunning architecture provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people.

Take a guided tour or wander solo through the many exhibitions. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and the inspirational objects from Australian history.

Discover the stories and meanings hidden in the Museum building, design and landscapes on the 10 am or 2 pm daily Building and Architecture Guided Tour or join a Host Talk in the galleries, on the hour, between 10 am and 4 pm daily.

At Kspace, the Museum’s interactive adventure game for kids, build a time-travelling robot then blast off to explore a mystery location in Australia’s past. Sessions run daily every 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4pm (one booking per session), cost AUD20 per session and the max group size is 12 people. Bookings are essential and can be made on the website.

For a treat, why not book the Ultimate Museum Experience with a tour, a meal in the Museum Cafe and a voucher for the Museum Shop.

They have a strict cleaning regime for the safety of visitors and staff. Learn more about the Museum’s COVID-19 safety measures at Plan your visit.
  • An aerial view of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    An aerial view of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • First Australians Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    First Australians Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • The stunning lakefront view from the Museum Cafe at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    The stunning lakefront view from the Museum Cafe at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • Kspace at the National Museum of Australia
    Kspace at the National Museum of Australia

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 9am - 5pm; Closed on Christmas Day

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance.

Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times.

Suitable for guests with high support needs who uses a hoist and always travel with a carer.

Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf.

Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision.

Location

National Museum of Australia

Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Cafe

Carpark

Conference/Function Facilities

Family Friendly

Non Smoking Establishment

Parents Room

Public Telephone

Restaurant

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 2012 REVIEWS

Ranked #22 of 224 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“Virtual Tour - school online”

Reviewed on 30/08/2021

I learned about the size of a mining excavation scoop, they used to weigh 15200kg and are now 3x bigger, that places have changed names multiple times, that Matthew Flinder’s cat circumnavigated...

Review by

dawsonj560

“Small but interesting Museum”

Reviewed on 24/07/2021

Loved the Sidney Nolan exhibition - what a treasure. I thought the milk exhibit was a bit odd, but interesting. Free entry and friendly staff.

Review by

N6918VZjunec

“Wonderful Exhibition but Covid safe...not really”

Reviewed on 09/07/2021

I attended the Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition with my family last month and it was such a wonderful exhibition. My only concern was the practice around Covid safety. Whilst they were checking...

Review by

newton2910

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